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I trained as a cultural historian of modern France with a particular focus on colonialism and race. I am especially interested in the theory and writing of history, questions of identity and memory and the relationship between history and other disciplines in the arts and humanities - literary criticism, anthropology and psychology in particular.


B.A., M.A. (Warwick, 2000, 2002), Ph.D. (Manchester, 2007), PGCHE/AP (Lancaster, 2010)

Current Research

* A monograph on Albert Camus' Algeria 

* A new project on magical realism and the writing of history

Current Teaching

I contribute to a variety of collectively-taught modules at undergraduate and postgraduate level and convene the following:

HIST244: A History of Paris

HIST272: The French Colonial World, 1791-1962

HIST477: Creative Voices: History and Fiction

I would like to hear from potential graduate students interested in the following areas:

Social, cultural and intellectual histories of modern France and the French overseas empire

Imperialism, colonialism and race

Modern literature and history

Historiography (especially French) in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries


Decolonising imperial heroes: Britain and France

Jones, M., Sèbe, B., Strachan, J., Taithe, B. & Yeandle, P. 2014 In: Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History. 42, 5, p. 787-825 39 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article


The Dogon as lieu de mémoire

Strachan, J. 11/2013 Lancaster: Lancaster University, p. 1-10 10 p.

Research output: Working paper

From Poverty to Wretchedness: Albert Camus and the Psychology of the Pieds-noirs

Strachan, J. 2013 In: Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History. 14, 2, 4

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article


Camus in context

Strachan, J. 2012 In: Modern and Contemporary France. 20, 1, p. 105-108 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review


Between history, memory and mythology: the Algerian education of Albert Camus

Strachan, J. 2011 France's lost empires: fragmentation, nostalgia, and la fracture coloniale. Marsh, K. & Frith, N. (eds.). Lanham, Md.: Lexington, p. 55-67 13 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter (peer-reviewed)

Murder in the Desert: Soldiers, Settlers and the Flatters Expedition in the Politics and Historical Memory of European Colonial Algeria, 1830-1881

Strachan, J. 2011 In: French History and Civilization. Papers from the George Rudé Seminar. 4, n/a, p. 210-222 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

The Colonial Cosmology of Fernand Braudel

Strachan, J. 2011 The French Colonial Mind: Mental Maps of Empire and Colonial Encounters. Thomas, M. (ed.). Lincoln, Neb.: Nebraska University Press, Vol. 1, p. 72-95

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter (peer-reviewed)


The Colonial Identity of Wine: The Leakey Affair and the Franco-Algerian Order of Things.

Strachan, J. 1/04/2007 In: The Social History of Alcohol and Drugs: An Interdisciplinary Journal. 21, 2, p. 118-137 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article


The Pasteurization of Algeria?

Strachan, J. 1/09/2006 In: French History. 20, 3, p. 260-275 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article


Romance, Religion and the Republic: Bruno's Le Tour de la France par deux enfants.

Strachan, J. 1/03/2004 In: French History. 18, 1, p. 96-118 23 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

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